Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker took the liberty of reviewing The John Lennon Letters for The Guardian, and what resulted was a thoughtful exploration of the depressing state of future generations.
Hunter Davies’ book, which features lost letters that Lennon wrote between 1951 and 1980, comes in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles. Cocker feels this anniversary, along with similar celebrations for James Bond and the Rolling Stones, signals no possible hope for a future for the “children of the echo.”
Filled with admittedly expanded definitions of the word “letter,” Cocker finds this book to be further reiteration that future generations will forever chase ideals set in their own minds that are unattainable. As Cocker stated, “We elevate people to the status of heroes in order to let ourselves off the hook.”
You can read Cocker’s full review here.
And, perhaps furthering Cocker’s woes, the Woodstock Film Festival has decided to screen the The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour as part of this year’s festival. The film, which originally aired on British television in 1967, will be one of the 130 narrative and documentary films shown at the festival. In addition to the showing of Magical Mystery Tour, a new documentary about the making of The Beatles’ film will be shown.
The Woodstock Film Festival kicks off today and will continue for the next five days. To learn more about the festival, click here.